The Alabama Grocers Association held a celebration Wednesday in Birmingham to honor the year’s top Vendor, Retailer and Wholesaler of the Year Award Winners, as well as mark their 25th year advocating for the priorities of the state’s grocery retailers, manufacturers, brokers and wholesalers.
State Rep. Lynn Greer and state Sen. Cam Ward were on hand for the annual fete held at The Club in downtown Birmingham, as was Deputy Director of the state’s Legislative Fiscal Office Mr. Kirk Fulford. The three participated in a legislative panel where they discussed the 2016 budget situation and some of the AGA’s policy priorities.
The group, known as “the voice” of Alabama grocers, also gave awards to top-voted members in categories that represent the three legs of the grocery industry.
The group named its Vendor of the Year Bob Crawford, President of United-Johnson Brothers of Alabama.
Retailer of the Year was Mr. Chris Litz, Regional Director, West Region, Publix Super Markets.
And David Bullard, President and CEO of Piggly Wiggly Alabama Distributing Company, took home the Wholesaler of the Year Award.
The AGA claims some 135 retail members operating nearly 1,000 stores nationwide, as well as over 225 manufacturers, brokers, wholesalers and other members.
According to the group, grocery stores generate over $3.6 billion in annual sales, employ 25,000 Alabamians jobs earning over $750 million in annual wages, andl pay in excess of $300 million in state and local taxes per year.